Apocalypse coming to Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 20:34 25 February 2011
THE end is nigh as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride into Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
But there’s no need to fear. For it isn’t quite the end of the world as we know it yet, just Barbershopera: Apocalypse No! at Campus West.
Following a Musical Theatre Matters (MTM) Award-winning Edinburgh Fringe premiere, a West End season and a Radio 4 adaptation of their first show, Barbershopera tour their all-new production for the first time.
And the opening date of the national tour is at the Hawthorne Theatre from 8pm on Saturday.
Barbershop’s funniest quartet prove the genre’s versatility and scope as they present their third a cappella comedy musical and this time they’re going apocalyptic.
God summons four dastardly horsemen to unleash total destruction on the world, but unfortunately Beth turns up instead of Death.
Cue mistaken identity, four-part harmony and at least one hobbyhorse.
Packed with sharp one-liners and flawless a cappella singing, the three men and one lady’s first show Barbershopera! received rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 and was awarded both Best New Musical and Best Lyrics accolades at the Musical Theatre Matters Awards.
It has since toured nationally and played a London season at Theatre 503.
A special version was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as the Afternoon Play earlier this year and repeated in Pick Of The Week.
The company’s second production, subtitled In The Mane of The Father, won the award for Best Lyrics at the Musical Theatre Matters Awards at Edinburgh in 2009 and has since played in the West End at Trafalgar Studios.
Barbershopera: Apocalypse No! was nominated for three MTM Awards and won two for Best New Book and, for a third consecutive year, Best New Lyrics.
Directed by Sarah Tipple, Apocalypse No! stars writers Rob Castell and Tom Sadler, together with Lara Stubbs and Pete Sorel-Cameron.
Tickets cost £10.
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